Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms for banish on Thesaurus.com to expel from or relegate to a country or place by authoritative decree; condemn to exile: He was banished to Devil's Island. to compel to depart; send, drive, or put away: to banish sorrow. Origin of banish 1275–1325; Middle English banisshen
Anglo-French, Old French baniss-,
long stem of
to proclaim, akin to
ban 1 Related forms ban·ish·er, noun ban·ish·ment, noun non·ban·ish·ment, noun pro·ban·ish·ment, adjective self-ban·ished, adjective self-ban·ish·ment, noun un·ban·ished, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unbanished to expel from a place, esp by an official decree as a punishment to drive away to banish gloom Derived Forms banishment, noun Word Origin
C14: from Old French
banir, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German ban
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Word Origin and History for unbanished banish v.
banischen, from banniss-, extended stem of Old French banir "announce, proclaim; levy; forbid; banish, proclaim an outlaw," from a Germanic source (perhaps Frankish *bannjan "to order or prohibit under penalty"), or from Vulgar Latin cognate *bannire (see bandit). Related: Banished; banishing.
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